Submitted by Les Peterson | may 4, 2016

Les Peterson announces candidacy for Mayor of the Town of Carefree

Carefree mayor Les Peterson has declared his candidacy to continue as the mayor of the town. Les assumed the duties of mayor in the early spring of 2015, when the previous mayor, David Schwan, resigned due to illness.

“We have made great progress in enhancing downtown Carefree for the enjoyment and utilization of our residents and visitors,” Mayor Peterson said. “We can’t stop now, and the next few years are critical to the town’s future. Much remains to be accomplished.”

Key town priorities that need to be addressed in the near future include:
Continuing the integrity of Carefree as a beautiful residential-friendly town without the heavy traffic and congestion of many nearby towns.

Attracting a diverse demographic to the downtown area by continuing strategic marketing efforts with dramatic and high quality popular programs such as the Ray Villafane Enchanted Pumpkin Garden exhibit and the Carefree Christmas Festival.

Enhancing and strengthening downtown businesses, including new restaurants and commercial businesses to generate excitement and activity, to fulfill the needs of our residents and visitors.
Selectively encouraging the addition of smaller, high-quality residences close to downtown for Carefree residents who want to remain in Carefree, but feel the need to downsize from their current larger homes.

Achieving the identified priorities within budget constraints while maintaining Carefree’s strong reserves.